Apple Podcasts demonstrate 'Browse By Hosts And Guests'; changes at Libsyn
October 8, 2019 · 3.4 minutes to read
Apple Podcasts has demonstrated “browse by hosts and guests”, showing Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend's guests (and if you’re running iOS 13, you can see that too). We also found it in the desktop app in MacOS Catalina. The documentation for the feature, earlier this year, describes the image requirements but just says “these search enhancements will first be available for selected top shows in English”; we can’t see any evidence of them in the podcast’s RSS feed, and the guests appear not to include Conan’s latest guest, David Letterman, highlighting that this may be a manual process.
- Question: are Apple moving away from RSS? Is that a good thing?
Apple’s also highlighted Search the Audio, the Apple Podcasts feature which searches transcripts, much like Google also does. This has been live for a few weeks for some select podcasts, but has not been highlighted in this way. This highlight appears in the iOS app after updating to iOS 13.1.2.
BREAKING: Podcast host Libsyn has reached a settlement with their disgruntled shareholders, led by Camac. Libsyn has agreed to many of Camac’s demands - Camac’s founder Eric Shahinian is now Libsyn’s new Chairman; some payments to Libsyn’s CEO and former CFO have been cancelled; a new independent director will also be appointed, as will Bradley Tirpack; and Libsyn will pay Camac $600,000 for their expenses. Shahinian, 31, is an investor; Tirpak, 49, has variously worked for a dentist, a mining company and a vending company in the past four years, and works to improve corporate governance. Libsyn’s CFO resigned last week; the special shareholder’s meeting has been cancelled.
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Podtrac have released their top podcast publishers for September 2019. The data is US-only. iHeartRadio have fallen back to #2; and Kast Media is a new entrant to the chart at #10.
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At the recent Madrid Podcast Day, Spanish podcast app iVoox was poised to launch a second round of iVoox Originals: unlike other podcast platforms, iVoox works with existing popular Spanish podcasts to move them exclusively inside the iVoox app. Speaking to Podnews, the company says that increased visibility inside the app and marketing for each podcast quickly replaces any loss of audience from removing them from other platforms, and podcasters also get a guaranteed minimum fee based on active subscribers.
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